Do you hear that? It’s the sound of music that floats over the Plains of Abraham, resonates on the walls of the old fortified part of the city and brings smiles to shoppers on Saint-Jean Street. You’ll soon be able to hear, see and feel it all as the Old Quebec part of Quebec City, Canada comes alive with the annual summer music festival known as the Festival d’été de Québec. , commonly referred to as FEQ. The festival is one of the largest in North America and this year it will run from July 6 to 17 and will present a wide variety of concerts on the Bell Stage of the immense Plains of Abraham greenbelt and on three other scenes.
As always, many renowned artists are scheduled to play at the FEQ. The biggest artists perform on the Bell Stage and the 2022 lineup includes Quebecers Charlotte Cardin, Jack Johnson, Luke Combs, Maroon 5, Suicide Boys, Halsey, Loud, Marshmello, Luis Fonsi, Alanis Morissette, Half Moon Run, and in a very special appearance, Rage Against the Machine. Other notables who will perform on the Bell Stage include Alexisonfire, Garbage, Alison Wonderland, Remi Wolf, 2 Chainz, Tash Sultana and Quebec country artist Matt Lang.
Dozens and dozens of artists will perform on the SIRIUSFM stage or the Loto-Québec stage including X Ambassadors, the Revivalists, Basia Bulat, Spoon, Three Days Grace, Charli XCX, Freddie Gibbs, Millencolin, Pennywise, Sum 41 and Milky Chance. There will also be special evenings where these stages will only welcome Quebec artists, such as July 13 where performances will feature Louis-Jean Cormier, Vincent Vallières, Lou-Adriane Cassidy and Laurence-Anne.
All of the shows above require the purchase of a pass, but the FEQ still offers many free shows. This year, these shows take place on the Hydro-Québec stage and feature musicians from around the world, including DakhaBrakha from Ukraine, Toronto folks The Weather Station, Pakistani Arooj Aftab, New Brunswick singer Lisa LeBlanc, American bluesman Robert Finley, Nigerian Afrobeat specialist Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Tiken Jah Fakoly from the Ivory Coast in Africa, Belgian pop Fugu Mango and Canadian singer Tami Neilson.
The various stages are all within walking distance of each other and there’s a lot of surprising fun happening in the streets between them. For more information on the FEQ, an awesome festival held in a beautiful historic city, go to here.